Heading into the week before Halloween, it only seems appropriate to plan meals that are extra-ordinarily spooky (not like what is this surprise meat? spooky, but more like whoa, that was a clever idea spooky).
So grab your pen, paper or open the AnyList app and and let’s plan out the dinners for next week. Once you get your meals planned, you can turn your attention to the last minute Halloween costumes you will inevitably have to create.
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#MeatlessMonday doesn’t have to be scary at all. This Toxic Waste Mac and Cheese from Cooking with Curls is pretty easy to prep and cook, and the cauliflower gives it a bit more veggie power. I am not crafty enough to even attempt the toxic waste container, but serving it in my black French Onion soup bowls will work.
What are you looking at? Heh. This Eyeball Taco Salad from Taste of Home is so simple, and yet so very delicious. My kids (especially my teens) love this dinner. It may have something to do with the nacho flavored tortilla chips. You really don’t need to serve anything along with this one dish meal, and because it is so simple to prepare, you may have time to create a fun Halloween mocktail to really get in the mood.
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I have been looking at this recipe for a Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin from Pretty Prudent for a couple of weeks now, and decided to give it a try this past weekend. I was hesitant because it seemed like a lot of work, but honestly the hands on time is really no big deal. It cooks for an hour and a half in the oven, so you could prep everything on the weekend when you have a little more time and then just through it all in the pumpkin and bake it while you do all of the after school things.
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Halloween time usually means that we are not really making the best eating decisions (I have no idea who left all of the Mounds wrappers on my desk). I love this recipe for Chicken Boodle Soup from Morgan Manages Mommyhood because it is full of good for you ingredients, and still has a fun spooky vibe. I was a bit nervous about the pumpkin carrot carving, but honestly it is no big deal and looks really adorable.
Last year, my sister in North Carolina sent me a picture of this Halloween Feetloaf Recipe from My Name is Snickerdoodle that she made for her 3 boys. And the next picture she sent was of all three of their faces when she placed them on the table. It was a huge hit, and I am so excited to give this a try this year! What could be more perfect than amputated meatloaf feet?
Wishing you all a very safe, fun Halloween! And if you try any of these recipes, please send pictures (especially if you make meatloaf feet).
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I put these weekly meals plans together based on recipes I am actually cooking for my family, and with you in mind. If you have suggestions, tips or recommendations for recipes or other food bloggers I should check out please comment here, or shoot me a message in our Recipe Rescue group on Facebook. – Lisa